LETTER: Junction not fit for purpose

The A16 “Radar Corner” junction is back in the news. This time because of an impending trial to put a central barrier the length of the junction and introduce a 40mph speed limit. As I have said many times before we, locally, are not highway engineers but we do have local knowledge and common sense suggests this idea is ridiculous. ...

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LETTER: Are our councils most incompetent?

Do we have the most incompetent local and county councils in the land? They have received massive grants for the so-called Spalding Western Relief Road. How can any right minded person claim that two cul-de-sacs, approximately three miles apart can be classed as a relief road? They claim to have held public consultations. Surely a consultation should consist of discussions ...

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Wonderful that Flinders is coming home

It was truly wonderful to read the news that Matthew Flinders is coming home! When I first read about the campaign, I must admit that I thought we didn’t stand a chance. Bodies are almost never relocated for reburial and initial responses did not seem optimistic. But I can think of few more impressive examples of successful campaigning. Our MP ...

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LETTER: Still no visit from the police

Unfortunately the owner of Shear Shak has still not seen anyone from the Lincolnshire Police regarding the break-in or crime prevention nearly three weeks after the event. I have noticed police presence on Pinchbeck Road opposite, obviously dealing with more pressing matters on the waste land with drugged or drunken individuals, also individuals threatening to jump into the Welland River. ...

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LETTER: Get Brexit done

My understanding of the Benn Act is that Boris Johnson will be obliged to ask for an extension in the event of there being No Deal, to prevent the UK leaving the EU with No Deal. Now that Boris has negotiated a deal with the EU, it means that the Benn Act is now redundant. If – as expected –Parliament ...

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LETTER: Put people’s needs first

In a recent Sunday Times article it was reported that in Britain areas that have been stripped of bank branches are typically poorer, have older populations and suffer from slow broadband. It goes without saying that South Holland and the Deepings has been hugely affected by the closing of many bank branches – since 2015 a staggering 44 per cent ...

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LETTER: Traffic in town centre

Could someone tell me if the pedestrian precinct in Spalding town centre has been done away with because I notice when in the town centre there is traffic traveling through at all times of day. I’ve even seen council vehicles travel through and park outside of Greggs bakery to get their lunch. Unfortunately the PCSOs just turn a blind eye ...

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LETTERS – Remember beet factory?

Sometimes I have heard people say that Spalding used to be a nice place but it isn’t as nice as it was. Sadly, the speaker often means that he or she moved to Spalding, legally, for above-board financial reasons and now begrudges other people moving in, legally, for above-board financial reasons. I am not sure that Spalding was ever a ...

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LETTERS – Survival of Conservatives

Boris claims to be close to a deal. This appears to be a cunning plan to win the GE by pretending May’s surrender treaty with minor NI cosmetic changes is Brexit It’s not about freedom from the EU but the survival of the Conservative party with Boris remaining PM. I guess it’s just possible the Remainers in the Commons will ...

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LETTERS – Damage of a no deal

While the government is trying to keep the public in the dark about the true impact of a no-deal Brexit, according to the TUC, a new report sets out the devastating cost that crashing out of the EU would have on jobs, workers rights and livelihoods. It also reveals the damage a no-deal would cause to the public services and ...

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LETTERS – Where has lamp gone?

It has come to my attention via social media that the lamp standard which was positioned outside the old Johnson Hospital and possibly dates back to the hospital’s construction or thereabouts was recently hit by a vehicle causing the lamp standard and mounting plinth considerable damage, at this point in time it is not known what has happened to the ...

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LETTERS – Shouldn’t have to tidy

I read the article in The Voice dated October 10 about the litter problem. We live in Hospital Drove, Little Sutton, and there is a well used lay-by opposite our house. We often go over to the lay-by with a litter picker, gloves and a wheelbarrow and pick up the litter which is left there. It usually consists of tins, ...

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LETTERS – Wonderful choir

Dear residents of Spalding and district, we have now had five wonderful sessions of the Spalding Community Choir led by the enthusiastic, talented and amusing Zeph Churchill. We meet at the Methodist Church, Broad Street, Spalding every Saturday from 2pm until 4pm (with a social break for tea/coffee). There are usually 50/60 singers – men and women, young and old ...

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LETTER: SHDC acts quickly to clear mess

Mr Thackray refers to fly tipping on a large scale as he mentions the illegal disposal of white goods but also less pleasant items.Over the past six weeks in Holbeach we have suffered the removal of black plastic bin bags the night before collection day which are then taken to an alleyway and set on fire. This leaves a rather ...

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LETTER: Thank you to everyone who took part in the Pride Awards

I would like to thank everyone who took part in Pride of South Holland Awards this year.  Without the nominees and sponsors we simply couldn’t have done it without you.Firstly a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, without whom, none of this would have been possible. Coun Harry Drury, Rob Gibson, Manzur Hassan, Glynis Scalese, Elizabeth Sneath, Gary ...

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LETTER: Pride Awards was marvellous

The Pride of South Holland event was a marvellous celebration of the many wonderful people who live, work and volunteer in South Holland. This year’s event was made even more special by the amazing 89-year-old celebrity guest, Colin Thackery who sang to the enthralled audience. Well done to Jan Whitbourn for all her hard work, it all came together beautifully ...

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LETTERS – Fly-tipping: Does anyone care?

I cycled past the bridal path between the River Welland and the Applegreen exit road north side of the bypass and am unsure how long this serious fly tipping has been here. Looks like a business, not lazy individuals, again within yards of the main road just down the bridal path. Several dozen must pass this mess daily but obviously ...

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LETTERS – Contempt for good manners

Readers will by now have drawn their own conclusions regarding the behaviour of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons last week. For my part I felt that it was a disgraceful display of rabble rousing and a demonstration of contempt for good manners. What also disturbs me is the response of several MPs who leapt to their feet ...

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LETTERS – What’s the real cost of living?

As the Brexit shambles continues to roll on, the uncertainty for the many not the few is a true concern now. I note the latest RPI figure shows inflation running at 2.6 per cent. During the later part of September the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest retail price index (RPI) figure. It shows that prices ...

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LETTERS – SHDC appointed contractors

Relationships can be difficult. Be it family, friends, relationships or business relations. It is with some surprise that SHDC are going to issue a schedule of dilapidations to 1Life the former contract holder for the Castle pool and other leisure facilities. Surely this is shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted? Let’s not forget SHDC appointed these contractors ...

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